Richard Steward

Digital & Technology

Richard is an authentic business leader who acts with integrity.  He creates real sustainable customer and shareholder value by driving digital change innovation whilst nurturing the value already inherent in a business.

Self-awareness, emotional intelligence and a high cultural awareness have created an excellent sensing ability which he uses to make good commercial judgments in a dynamically changing world.

This has included working with colleagues to analyse, understand and communicate the opportunities and threats a business faces, and deliver the strategy required to address these for some of the world’s best consumer related companies including Harvey Nichols, Clear Channel, PZ Cussons, Sara Lee and AXA.

Key Skills

• Digital transformation pioneer who can map out and understand a company’s digital ecosystem

• Value-add focus to use data and technology to drive real commercial value, measured by key metrics / performance indicators

• Business model experience in B2B, B2B2C, and B2C across financial services, consumer products, retail and media (all at different levels of digital disruption)

• Deep understanding and resourcefulness in creating a technology enabled business plan and delivering this within global, complex, matrixed organisations by influencing key stakeholders

• Hands-on experience of driving culture change, turnaround, restructuring, shared services, transition to cloud, in/outsourcing, risk management and regulatory compliance e.g. GDPR

• Preparing for PE exit experience; merger, acquisition and divestment experience of business units, JV management experience with commercial units and tech supply chain

• Global experience in 40+ countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa

• Operating model experience : local to global, horizontal value flow across internal functions and external partnerships with global supply chain companies like Cognizant, HP, Vodafone

• Inspiring and perceptive mentor and coach, especially of new technology leaders


“I would highly recommend Richard Steward as a fantastic IT Transformation leader – his ability to manage various IT functions and implement change across a department is exceptionally strong, Richard would clearly make a fantastic contribution to any organisation he works in.”